AskDefine | Define leapfrog

Dictionary Definition



1 advancing as if in the game of leapfrog
2 a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over


1 jump across; "He leapfrogged his classmates"
2 progress by large jumps instead of small increments [also: leapfrogging, leapfrogged]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs.


children's game


  1. To jump over some obstacle as in leapfrog.
  2. In the context of "business": To make obsolete.
    This new product will leapfrog the competition.
  3. To advance by engaging enemy with one unit while the other moves further forward.
  4. To progress as in leapfrog.


to jump over an obstacle
to make obsolete
(military) to advance with one unit by engaging the enemy with another unit
to progress as in leapfrog

Extensive Definition

Leapfrog is a children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs. The first participant rests hands on knees and bends over, this is called giving a back.
The next player places hands on the first's back and leaps over by straddling legs wide apart on each side. On landing he stoops down and a third leaps over the first and second, and the fourth over all others successively, etcetera; the number of participants is not fixed.
When all the players are stooping, the last in the line begins leaping over all the others in turn.

See also

  • Frog-march (other motions resembling a frog's, but not jumping)
leapfrog in French: Saute-mouton
leapfrog in Icelandic: Höfrungahlaup
leapfrog in Japanese: 馬跳び
leapfrog in Norwegian: Hoppe bukk
leapfrog in Turkish: Birdirbir (oyun)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bounce, bound, buck, buckjump, capriole, clear, curvet, hippety-hop, hop, hurdle, jump, jump over, leap, leap over, negotiate, overjump, overleap, overskip, pounce, pounce on, pounce upon, ski jump, skip, spring, start, start aside, start up, steeplechase, updive, upleap, upspring, vault
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